Legal Guidance for Accident Victims in Spring Hill
Painful joint injuries can make performing daily tasks extremely difficult if not impossible. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our injury attorneys have provided experienced counsel to Spring Hill residents and others who have been harmed by the negligence of those around them. We work with a team of seasoned medical professionals to help assess the nature and scope of an individual’s harm and build a case for compensation. If you have suffered a facet joint injury, we are here to help.
Establishing Liability in a Negligence Lawsuit
Facet joint injuries are some of the most common results of motor vehicle collisions, among other devastating accidents. Common symptoms that may result include neck problems, lower back pain, and persisting tenderness in the inflamed joint. To recover compensation after an accident, a victim usually must prove that the defendant, such as another driver, acted negligently.
The first element of a negligence case consists of showing that the defendant owed the victim a duty of care. In most ordinary situations, this requires everyone to use an appropriate level of caution to avoid posing foreseeable risks to others. In the context of a car accident, for example, the duty of care requires drivers to operate their vehicles with the same degree of prudence that a reasonable motorist would use in light of traffic laws, road conditions, and weather.
The second element of a negligence claim is called a breach. To satisfy this element, the victim must show that the defendant failed to act according to the applicable duty of care. This can include driving while texting, failing to clean up a spilled drink, or operating on the wrong body part, among many other examples.
After establishing duty and breach, the victim must show that he or she would not have been hurt but for the defendant’s breach. This is called causation, and it also incorporates a showing of foreseeability tying the breach to the accident. The last element of a negligence action requires the plaintiff to provide evidence showing the amount of damages that he or she incurred as a result of the accident. Common examples include physical therapy, lost wages, lost earning capacity, hospital bills, pain and suffering, and the costs of future treatment. Damages can be both economic and non-economic, or relatively subjective, but they must be reasonably quantifiable.
Contact a Brooksville Attorney to Discuss Your Injury Claim
If you or someone you know has suffered a joint facet injury as the result of someone else’s carelessness, the Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can help. Our knowledgeable lawyers have helped many victims of car and truck accidents, as well as other instances of negligence, assert their rights in the Lutz area or elsewhere in the region. We can guide you through every step of the legal process and zealously represent your interests. We offer a free consultation, so there is no risk in meeting with us to learn about your options. Call us at 866-597-0009 or contact us online to set up an appointment. Many of our clients come from communities throughout Pasco, Citrus, and Hernando Counties.